Browns return to practice for first time this week

All-Pro tackle Jack Conklin among those held out on Friday

Browns return to practice for first time this week
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield looks to throw during practice at the NFL football team's training facility Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Source: Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Jack Conklin, the Browns right tackle who, along with Myles Garrett, was named first-team All-Pro on Friday, was held out of practice later that day because of an illness.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski didn’t want to comment on what this meant for Conklin in terms of testing and isolating, just saying “in this day and age, if you have an illness you gotta be safe, so we’ll just follow the protocols.”

Cornerback Terrance Mitchell (not injury related) was also held out of practice. Stefanski wasn’t sure of Mitchell’s status for Sunday. The Browns may also be without top cornerback Denzel Ward (Covid) again.

Because of ongoing Covid issues that kept the team’s facility closed until today, it was the Browns’ first practice of the week, just two days before their Wild Card playoff game against the Steelers.

“It’s much better than being on these zoom calls,” Stefanski said. “I think they’re excited to get back out there.”

Garrett (shoulder) and DT Sheldon Richardson were both listed as questionable on Friday, but Stefanski said he was confident they’ll be able to go against the Steelers.

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